Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones Saga)
no. 2, The Dark Ones
Rachel Van Dyken
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To love a Dark One is to invite death...
It is wrong to love her.
It is worse to want her.
It is sin to consume her.
I desire all three.
I've been given thirty days to prove my love to another immortal--as a human. Cursed to use nothing but the side of myself I've always despised to win her affection. I am Cassius, the King of the immortals, A Dark One.
And today I tasted fear for the first time.
How can I win her when my human emotions over take every ounce of logic I possess?
A darkness is brewing.
One I cannot stop as a human.
One that Stephanie, my loves visions, have shown, will be my end.
Thirty days ago I was King of the immortals.
Today I know fear.
Today I know how I will die.
By her hand.
The woman I love.
Second book is better than the first!
Untouchable Darkness is the second book in Rachel Van Dyken's The Dark Ones Series.
UD picks up where the first book ends - After learning Stephanie is not a Siren that she was led to believe but a Dark One - half Angel, half human, she saves Cassius life by giving him her immortality. Once Cassius learns what she did for him, he calls on his father to return her immortality. His father, Archangel Sariel, "Thirty days of humanity — learn to love as a human does. If she loves you in return, truly loves you as you are and mates with you, I'll restore your immortality — and allow her hers."
Untouchable Darkness, with alternating POVs is the story of Cassius, now human, trying to win the love of Stephanie. We learn how an event in 79AD has shaped the manCassius is and it's effects on his relationship with Stephanie. We also get to see the softer, romantic side of Cassius.
“The minute our lips touched, those brief seconds you saved me, touched me, joined with me. For those measly seconds—seconds of living a lifetime of a million lonely seconds—I was complete.”
Does he get the girl and his immortality back? Get your copy today and find out!
Rachel Van Dyken is a brilliant writer! I do not know how she does it. Her storytelling just keeps getting better and better. Her characters are relatable and fun. And the way she weaves an underlying story is effortless. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
One of the best paranormal series I've ever read
After reading the first book (the dark ones) I preordered this one and it was definitely worth the wait. I love how this series is being told in the present but also gives you flash backs so you truly understand why these characters are feeling what they are and why things are happening in the way they are. Cassius & Stephanie's story is beautifully told & you can't help but be cheering them on the entire time. I'm so excited to know there will be more books & I look forward to learning more about this characters in the future.
Love this para series
‘Hope died in my chest as I realized – I would never be his equal even as a Dark One. He would always be one step ahead of me. He would always be – Cassius. And I? I would always be the little girl he saved. Never the woman he loved.’
Untouchable Darkness is the newest book in The Dark Ones Saga and while I do believe it can be read as a standalone it is greatly enhanced if you have read the first book. Picking up right where The Dark Ones left off, Stephanie and Cassius’ journey is full of secrets, hidden love and him going to any length to protect the one he loves.
‘My body hummed with anticipation. Or maybe it was irritation . . . that as a human he was completely wrecking havoc on my emotions – even more so than when he was immortal.’
Months have passed since Stephanie was willing to give up her immortality to save her king and the man she loves, Cassius. Thinking him indifferent to her she is tormented by her one sided love. Cassius has always loved Stephanie, even when he hid her true self from her, it was to protect her. Now it is Cassius who must give up who he is in order to prove he can be who she needs. Using her training to explain why he is around, Cassius is turned human and has thirty days to have Stephanie fall in love and mate with him or else his predicament will be permanent. But even with residual feelings not everything is easy peasy. As usual on the paranormal front war is brewing and evil is calling. Can Stephanie who is new to being a Dark One resist the darkness and stay in the light or will she give into the outcome feared and predicted by all?
“If I told you I loved you would you believe me? His eyes closed. “If I told you it was forbidden, would you stop?”
While I really enjoyed the first book in this series I felt that Untouchable Darkness was even better. It’s hard not to fall for Cassius. We saw him as a charmer in The Dark Ones and now we get to see his human side as well as a lot of backstory into how he became the man/god he is. The entire cast of characters adds to this dynamic story, often relieving the tension with funny quips and one liners. I am super eager to get my hands on Mason’s, the werewolf, story. Now this might be me but I personally see several parallels between this series and Rachel’s Eagle Elite series, which is one of my favorites. While similar they are also very different but if you are a fan of her mafia books like I am then I highly encourage you to give this paranormal series a go!
~miranda from Red Cheeks Reads